Podcast #33: Searching For a Job The Second Time Around
The first job hunt is very different from the subsequent ones. Right after you’ve graduated from college, it can be hard to land your first job. But once you have a little bit of experience under your belt, the job hunt heats up. And it has nothing to do with hot sauce.
In this week’s podcast episode, we talk all about different job search tips for your second (or third, or fourth) time down the career courtship aisle. We also chat about what to expect from your subsequent job searches, why it feels so different, and considerations you should make before you take that next career move.
Job Search Tips For Your Second Job Hunt
Here are some tips for your next job search. If you follow our advice, you’ll find yourself one step closer to your dream job (if that even exists). And we didn’t even charge you for them!
1. Consider your career goals and planned trajectory when applying.
It’s totally normal to be less picky when it comes to accepting our first job after college. After all, you don’t exactly have years of experience to lean on in the interview or to boast about in your resume. But when you’re going for your second or later job, it’s time to start thinking about what you want from your career.
For example, you don’t want to start a job in the healthcare industry if you really want to work in sports media.
2. Feel free to get more picky.
You’ve had some time in the working world, and you might have a better idea of what you do (and don’t) want in a job. If you’ve realized that long hours and a bad work-life balance drive you nuts, ask questions in the interview to figure out whether this new role is a good cultural fit.
Or maybe your current role has a job function you don’t like (for example, maybe it’s managing the company’s Instagram account). Just because you now have experience doing this doesn’t mean that it also has to be a huge part of your new role. One of the best parts of a starting a new job is ditching all (or most of) the grunt work you hate.
3. Don’t let the salary deceive you.
Trust us – we know how easy it is to become blinded by the dollar signs. And one of the exciting parts of a job hunt is the potential of finding a position that pays you more – sometimes even much more.
Here’s a word to the wise: don’t get too caught up in the dolla dolla bills that you forget to consider other factors, too. Like your health care plan, 401k match, or other employer-specific benefits. Sometimes, the higher salary is in an effort to compensate for bad benefits – make sure you consider it all before you accept an offer.
4. Quality > Quantity.
Spreading your seed far and wide sounds great in theory – after all, applying for jobs is somewhat of a numbers game. Just don’t forget that your second job hunt should be more about applying to specific jobs that you think are a great fit for you. Choosing a handful of jobs that sound fire and really focusing on submitting the best possible resume to them is a much better use of your time.
Not sure where to start? Tailor your resume to fit the company, update your LinkedIn profile, and find specific details from the job posting to include in your cover letter. It’s better to stand out to a select few employers in the job hunt than to find yourself spinning your wheels and getting nowhere.
5. Tap into your network.
Ugh, we know. Networking is that scary word that we all hear and like to ignore because it’s very out-of-our-comfort-zones. But, hear us out. Being able to include a referral from the company you’re applying to is a guaranteed way to surpass that pesky applicant tracking system. And staying in touch with your former colleagues and bosses will make it way less awkward when you have to reach out for a reference… again.
For the best results, keep in touch with your network all year round. Check in, congratulate them on that new job or the exciting personal news you saw on Facebook. You won’t feel as slimy asking them for a favor when you’re job searching if you consider them a personal friend or acquaintance, rather than your only hope for a positive reference.